John Asten

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John Asten

17 Eld Lane, Colchester

Courtesy of Daveofsuffolk

Mr John Asten, Farrier of Colchester, exhibited his machine at the Workmen's International Exhibition in December 1870 (the president was Gladstone), where his machine won third prize.

It is not certain that this Wheeler & Wilson type was the machine, or whether he decorated it and the prize was for the ornamentation alone.

Robert Asten is listed as a blacksmith in Whites, 1848, and John Thomas Asten as a sewing machine repairer in Kelly's of 1902.